9 steps to improve your dog's skin conditions
Fido is a lucky dog. He is loved, taken for at least two dog walks a day and gets the best natural raw diet available. But life is not that rosy for Fido. For years, he has been on the the rollercoaster of skin problems, which his vet and specialists diagnosed as allergies. With each outbreak, he gets another prescription of antibiotics, or prednisone, the relief is shorter and the doses need to be higher. This causes serious side-effects. Fido lives in Saudi Arabia and after years of struggle, when all the local options were exhausted, his mom flew him to Canada to see a dermatology specialist.
After eight months on one type of protein, a battery of allergy tests and more drugs, Fido was still scratching. This was when I got a call from Fido’s mom and two months later, his skin condition was gone.
The purpose of this article is not to give you an impression that every skin condition is easy to treat. However, with a little bit of luck, there is about a nine out of 10 chance that your dog will be skin disease free.
For years, I too struggled with treating skin problems in dogs. Following textbooks to the T, doing diet elimination trials and allergy tests, chasing hormonal conditions, yeast, bacteria and parasites with minimal results. It took some time for me to realize that things are not what they appear to be and the treatments such as steroids and antibiotics didn't work. In fact they give us an illusion of improvement while deep inside the patient gets worse. This was not easy to accept and I felt really down about it. I felt like I failed my clients and their dogs, my patients.
Eventually, I found the answers to most common skin conditions, they were completely unexpected. I have learned that:
- If your dog’s skin condition is localized to certain areas - such as paws, flanks, abdomen and others and the skin condition is not generalized, allergies are highly unlikely.
- The distribution of the affected skin areas most commonly relates to energy lines that originate from the spinal nerves that supply the areas of diseased skin.
Here are a few examples:
- The fore feet energy lines originate from the mid-neck and so does the skin of the ears, eyes and the head.
- The armpits and forearms get their energy supply from the lower neck and the front portion of the chest.
- The abdomen gets the energy supply from caudal (rear) portion of the thoracic spine and the front portion of the lumbar spine.
- The hind feet are related to the lumbar region and the hips, tail and the area around anus is supplied by the sacral lumbar region.
The logical question
Naturally, one would ask, how do skin conditions related to the spine? At first glance, one would think that all that is going on is just about the skin, but it is not true.
Let’s forget about dogs for a moment and imagine a beautiful vegetable garden that has several patches. There is a path in the middle and also paths that divide the garden beds on each side. The watering system follows these paths and it is set up on auto-watering while you are on holidays. Two weeks later, you come back and realize that the garden is beautifully green except one garden bed is dry and the plants are barely surviving… You immediately clue in. The watering system in that branch is broken!
The body is no different than a garden
It has energy channels and lines and the main “pipe” is the spine. It conducts energy to the different “garden patches” - organs and skin segments. Our dogs are no different than humans. They lead their life, play, chase the ball and get injured. These injuries lead to tightness of the muscles that run along the spine and the energy flow decreases. In case of the garden, no water flow means dying plants. In the case of dogs - no energy flow to certain areas of skin results in rashes, missing hair and symptoms that are often misdiagnosed as allergies.
This is not to say that allergies do not exist! In my opinion, only relatively small portion of all skin conditions are allergies or hormonal problems.
I can already hear you saying, but my vet said that my dog has a Staph infection or yeast or fungal disease. Yes, this may be true, but even conventional textbooks often acknowledge that they are often secondary. When the garden is dry - it will be more prone to insects and disease, when your dog’s skin doesn’t get the nourishment and energy it will get diseased.
Step by step plan for addressing your dog's skin problems
- Ensure that your dog is toxin free through doing a hair test for heavy and toxic metals
- This hair test will also give you an idea about any deficiencies. Most dogs are depleted of essential nutrients because of depletion of soils which reflects in the whole food chain. I have learned that even naturally fed dogs are depleted of nutrients such as minerals, vitamins and amino-acids. Food is simply not what it used to be…
- If your dog has been on a lot of drugs or is middle aged and older - do a liver cleanse and repeat it every six months or so
- Feed your dog ideally natural diet - raw or cooked. Kibble - even when labeled natural - is like using diesel for your gasoline car. It will keep breaking down. You can sign up to get a free raw and cooked diet course here.
- Provide your dog with essential supplements - whole food ideally certified organic multivitamins, plant based broad spectrum minerals and amino-acids,Essential Omega oils - such as salmon oil alternated with plant oils such as flax or ground flax. Avoid “fish oil blends or sardine oils” as they often contain heavy metals
- If your dog has skin lesions in a particular region, refer to the chart bellow to see what spinal segments need to be checked.
- The most common injuries are caused by collars, by slipping or sliding, excessive or obsessive one sided exercise - such as digging or swimming (armpits, triceps and shoulder), ball or frisbee chasing - lumbar region…
- Run your thumbs on each side of the spine and press fairly strongly on each side of the inter-vertebral “dip”. You will see that the sensitive spots will be easy to recognize.
- Find an experiences physiotherapist, chiropractor, massage therapist or acupuncturist experienced in muscular skeletal injuries. If you do not have anyone like this nearby, use a rubber massage brush and gently rub your dogs spine - especially in the tight region.
Most skin lesion, with the exception of conditions such as fleas, thyroid, auto-immmune or adrenal issues are related either to undetected spinal injuries, over-exercise or sprain muscles. Dogs can’t tell us and the only thing they can do is scratch! Similar to the garden, the skin will be visibly different, hair may be missing or there may be bumps or lumps in the ares.
If you apply the steps above, stop or reduce the injurious activities and apply herbal Healing Solution spray to the affected area. There is more than a 90% chance that your dog will be problem free or much better.